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Murder in an Irish Cottage

(Irish Village Mystery #5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,489 ratings  ·  163 reviews
In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .
Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to k
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington Books
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Allison Keith
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
Carlene O’Connor weaves together a murder mystery and folklore in this fifth book of the Irish Village Mysteries. The characters in this series are wonderful, and it has been a delight to see the O’Sullivan siblings grow over the course of the books. Siobhán in particular, now a garda, is thoughtfully drawn, and the relationship between her and Macdara is lovely. The writing style is eloquent and descriptive, and the tale is filled with Irish charm, superstition, and red herrings. This is a quai ...more
Kate Baxter
3.5 / 5.0 stars

Don't we all love a good fairy tale. That is until, it causes someone to wind up dead!

Our beloved protagonist, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan, has just started her much deserved 10-day vacation. She and detective Macdara have recently become secretly engaged. Secretly! - lest the family and the entire village get hold of that information, plan the nuptials, and push them down the aisle before they're good and ready.

While they're chatting, Macdara gets a distressed call from his blind c
Barbara Rogers
Series: Irish Village Mystery #5
Publication Date: 2/25/2020
Number of Pages: 304
** 4.5 Stars Rounded Up **

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent addition to the Irish Village Mystery series. In this series, we have watched Siobhan (shi-vawn) O’Sullivan grow from a harried caregiver for her five siblings after they were orphaned to a confident garda (police). She’s now engaged to fellow garda Macdara Flannery and the O’Sullivan Six, as they are known in their village of Kilbane, are finally settling
Micky Cox
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore this cozy mystery series and once again I was thoroughly delighted by this book! Siobhan is character that you can really get behind and cheer for. She took her amateur sleuth status and moved it to professional by going to school and becoming a garda (police officer) so she could solve the mysteries that she discovers. This one hits a bit close to home as her beau's cousin looks like she might just be guilty of murdering her mom so Siobhan and her inquisitive crew of siblings ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Murder in an Irish Cottage is the 5th instalment in the Irish Village Mysteries by Carlene O'Connor.

In a remote—and superstitious—village in County Cork, Ireland, Garda Siobhán O'Sullivan must solve a murder where the prime suspects are fairies . . .

Family is everything to Siobhán: her five siblings; her dear departed mother for whom the family business, Naomi's Bistro, is named; and now her fiancé, Macdara Flannery. So precious is her engagement that Siobhán wants to keep it just between the t
Peggy R
This is the fifth book in the Irish Village Mystery series and I can say that I have enjoyed each one of them. Ms. O'Connor has done a wonderful job of creating the O'Sullivan siblings, led by Siobhan, who as readers will recall is now Garda O'Sullivan. This is a family of siblings that are well crafted, diverse and characters that readers can come to care about. Siobhan and Dara's romance is progressing, albeit slowly, but for me that is okay. I don't particularly want the romance in a cozy to ...more
Stanley McShane
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Book 5 has the reader thoroughly enthralled with all things fairies--the little people themselves, fairy rings, fairy trees, and all the lore, fables, tales, and ballyhoo that goes with those unique legends in the Emerald Isle.

Siobhan O'Sullivan is now Garda O'Sullivan, engaged to fellow Garda Macdara Flannery (Dara). Siobhan (shi-vawn) has been part of the O'Sullivan Six managing Naomi's Bistro since the death of their parents. Looking forward to some private time with Dara, however, is interr
Stephanie Lugo
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
So far I've read all of the books published in this series. I've loved every single one of them. They are a great cozy murder mystery series. I have fallen in love with the characters and the story line and I feel like I know everyone in the story on a deeper level.

Carlene has a way with words and descriptions that just make you fall in love with Ireland. Even though these books deal with murder in Ireland I still want to visit thanks to her very detailed descriptions.

I will definitely read mo
Tracy Clark
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy of Irish Cottage. Get this. There's this remote Irish village inhabited by these weird folks who believe in fairies, and not the harmless Disney kind, but the kind that get really upset when you cross their fairy path or build your house on one. By the end, O'Connor even had me believing in them too. Maybe I was a little creeped out, checking over my shoulder, overly concerned about my own property line and whether fairies travel internationally. I won't say. Who knew abou ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 5th in one of my favorite series. Here, Siobhan's fiance Macdara has received a frantic phone call from his cousin Jane, because she has found her mother dead.

Jane and her mother lived in a cottage that has been built on a fairy path between two fairy trees, each circled by a fairy ring. The last 5 inhabitants of the cottage have died, and the local villagers believe it is cursed and want it bulldozed.

I enjoyed reading about the Irish folklore, and visiting again with the O'Sullivan'
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved returning to Ireland with Siobhan, Dara, and the O'Sullivan Six. This one was full of the legends and folklore of Ireland and plenty of twists and turns. This is one of the better "cozy" mystery series out there. It feels like so much more. It always makes me so happy to be back in this world! ...more
If I hadn't read Carlene O'Connor's short story, "Christmas Cocoa Murder", I might have felt a little overwhelmed diving into the fifth book in her Irish Village Mystery series. That's really because Siobhan O'Sullivan is one of six siblings who run Naomi's Bistro, and it's not easy to keep the O'Sullivans straight. Although Garda O'Sullivan is supposed to be on a summer break, when her garda fiancé needs support, Siobhan is there in Murder in an Irish Cottage.

Siobhan planned to spend the ten da
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Murder in an Irish Cottage earns 5/5 Fairy Paths...Engaging Cozy!

The fairies did it! Charlene O’Connor once again has penned a marvelous, entertaining cozy mystery set on the Emerald Isle. Siobhán O’Sullivan is looking forward to a break from her garda duties, but obligations with family and the family’s bistro won’t make it much of a vacation. However, her fiancé Macdara Flannery has received a frantic call from his cousin. The two rush to the remote village of Ballysiogdun only to find his aun
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Irish folklore and local Irish vernacular are major features of this series. When Siobhan O''Sullivan, now a police officer (garda), finds herself investigating fairies as murder suspects in a remote village you can count on an interesting reading experience.

An eclectic collection of characters, plot twists and Irish law provided aspects to this cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Newly engaged Siobhan and Macdara Flannery, both garda in her local village, find themselves personally involved
The setting for Murder in an Irish Cottage felt authentic and I did like the lore that was included with the story. I enjoyed Siobhan O'Sullivan as a character and I also liked her siblings very much. The mystery in this story starts when Siobhan joins Dara after he received a phone call regarding his estranged aunt. Together they travel to another town to find answers to what happened to his aunt. Despite not being welcomed into the actual investigation, that doesn't stop them from jumping in a ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's bad enough that the victim is family and the locals appear to believe that she was murdered by faeries, but finding the victim staged was really just the last straw. Although Siobhan and Dara are Garda, it happened in another district so they can't officially be involved. All of the characters certainly are and that's a good thing! The killer is devious and the whole story is filled with misdirections. Excellent!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
An amazing series that gets better with each new book. Multiple suspects with multiple reasons to lie. Just grab a copy and see if you can figure out "who dunnit" before the end of the book. Without cheating! ...more
Susan Lindemulder
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a fun, quick read.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is improving as O'Conner develops her characters. This has murder and intrigue and a dose of Irish fairies and lore. Very enjoyable. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozymysteries
Fantastic. Series just gets better and better. An Irish cottage out in a meadow set upon a fairy ring...awesome!
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. I didn't read the 1st 4 in the series, but I didn't have to. I'll look them up in the future.

I think I'll cook up some rashers now!
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, mystery, kindle, series
This installment in the series is good: Siobhan, MacDara, and Siobhan's siblings are like old friends. But the action in this one takes us to a small village where we meet MacDara's cousin, whose mother has been murdered. Neither the aunt nor the cousin are especially likable. Neither is anyone else in the village, for that matter. The hostility of the village was palpable, and the much-needed comic relief never came to the rescue. ...more
Eileen Lynx
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but I still didn’t understand the motive
Laura Salas
Maybe this would have been 5 stars if I had read others in the series. The plot is fine as a stand-alone, but I did feel a little at sea with some of the personal/family relationships. No matter--I'll just have to go back and start from book one, as I enjoyed this one a lot. Fairies, an unlikeable victim, a future sister-in-law as a suspect, a treasure horde, a superstitious village, and all the emotions, jealousies, and desires of human beings--along with a smart main character working to solve ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello, Fellow Book Worms and Book Dragons!

I will tell you a story about the fairy folk of Ballysiogdun. They are upset because a woman lives in a cottage that is upon their land. They want her out and will curse the village if she is not removed and the cottage remains standing. Or, so the villagers believe...

Murder in an Irish Cottage is the fifth book in Carlene O'Connor's Irish Village series of cozy murder mysteries. It is published by Kensington Books and is available now in hardcover. I
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, giveaways
Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan has big news to share with her family, but before she can figure out how to break the news of her engagement, she gets a call from Macdara Flannery, also a Garda officer. His cousin Jane Delaney had called him very upset, and he asked Siobhan to join him on a trip to the tiny village of Ballysiogdun to collect Jane and find out what happened.

Although Jane is an adult, she is legally blind, so she was still living at home with her mother. She’d been out of town for a con
Jan Fore
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in an Irish Cottage
Carlene O’Connor
February 25, 2020

Carlene O’Connor has now written six books in the Irish Murder series. I now have read them all and enjoyed reading each of them. They each have different stories when it comes to the murder intrege. This last book, Murder in an Irish Cottage had a different spin to it. The plot was not humorous as it has been in the past. Siobhon and Dara stayed with their garda duties when it came to solving the killing of his Aunt in the cottage. The
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given my general love of Ireland and all the folklore that is traditionally associated with the country, Carlene O'Connor's MURDER IN AN IRISH COTTAGE should be something that really struck a chord with me.

The legends and tales of the fairies that inhabit the latest murder mystery that Siobhan O'Sullivan finds herself entangled in should've been quite fun to read.

Siobhan ends up accompanying her "secret" fiancee Macdara Flannery to the rural village where his aunt and cousin reside. The cousin,
This is a series that has never let me down. Siobhan O'Sullivan has been head of her family since the loss of their parents and she also keeps things going with the family pub. While this entry works as a standalone, starting with the first book, Murder in a Irish Village, will show just how strong this young woman is. She has joined the Garda and is engaged to another Garda officer, Macdara flannery, a joy she keeps hidden so as not to spoil any of it. They will have to tell their superiors at ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O'Connor is the latest in the series of Irish mysteries featuring Siobhan O'Sullivan, Irish garda (police officer) and her fiancé Macdara Flannery, also a garda. They have yet to announce their engagement at Siobhan's request. No one is really sure why, although she has her reasons. All of a sudden they are called to a nearby village. Dara's aunt has been killed. It is not their jurisdiction, but it is family. They arrived to hear quite a story. It was fairi ...more
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